January Spending and Income

KEY DATA: Spending: +0.5%; Income: +0.5%: Prices: +0.1%/ Confidence: -0.3%/ GDP+ 1% (Up from 0.7%) IN A NUTSHELL: “With consumers spending, incomes growing and confidence stable, it is hard to understand why we are seeing all those stories about a recession on the...

Economy’s Weakest Link is Not That Weak

KEY DATA: Durables: +4.9%; Excluding Aircraft: 1.7%; Capital Spending: 3.9%/ Claims: +10,000 IN A NUTSHELL: “The broadly based rise in demand for big-ticket items is a sign that manufacturing sector is starting to stabilize.” WHAT IT MEANS: The weakest link may still...

January Consumer Prices and Real Earnings

KEY DATA: CPI: 0%; Year-over-Year: +1.4%; Excluding Energy: +0.3%; Year-over-Year: +2%/ Real Hourly Earnings: +0.4%; Real Weekly Earnings: 0.7% IN A NUTSHELL: “Inflation may not be high, but it is clearly rising, and that is something the Fed will be watching...

Best Practices Awards

Each year, Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) (Transforming Data into Knowledge) hosts the Global Best Practices Conference, an event designed to bring together the best and brightest restaurant leaders to share insights as well as honor those in the industry who...